PHD BY portfolio


A PhD by Portfolio is an innovative method for attaining a doctorate degree. It can be completed within one year, does not require research and allows professionals with decades of experience to leverage their skills.  Candidates obtain academic recognition for pre-existing research, comprehensive research skills and professional subject knowledge that meets a doctoral level.

The programme is completed remotely, suitable for hard-working executives who cannot afford to take time away from work.

A PhD by Portfolio will provide an opportunity to gain a competitive advantage in today’s workforce and the confidence to further career prospects. It will enhance key business skills and make it possible to successfully achieve professional and personal goals.

This programme is fully accredited through ASIC.

Online delivery

You will study online with practical learning, projects, and real-time research with Google G-Suite for Education, alongside 80 million educators and students worldwide.

Flexible programme

Unlike traditional universities, we have intakes  happening throughout the year. All programmes are totally flexible, and you can work at your own pace and convenience.

Support 24/7

Our Professors, renowned educators, and support team are available to make sure that your journey to attaining a Doctorate is seamless.


Credits transfers for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) are available, subject to restrictions. Please enquire with our admissions department for credit transfer RPL.

Course Fees

Application fee : € 200 (non-refundable)
Tuition Fees : € 7,490 per year
Discounts available for payments made in full prior to commencing the programme. 

Teaching methodologies

The main teaching and learning methods at SSBR include virtual classroom lectures, live webinars and tutorials, practical learning, projects and learning through research.

Assessment and verification

All units within this qualification are internally assessed by the centre. The qualifications are criterion referenced, based on the achievement of all the specified learning outcomes. 

Flexible courses to fit around your busy schedule

Highly qualified and experienced Professors and Mentors available to help you on your path to attaining your PhD by Portfolio.


The PhD by Portfolio programme is a fast-track programme that takes place entirely ONLINE. Students can complete the programme within 1 academic year. The programme has 240 ECTS (European Transfer Credit System).

Our PhD candidates are guided throughout the entire programme by an experienced Professor and Business Mentor, working to complete 3 research-based projects.

Course Breakdown
3 projects to be completed normally in 1 year, but can be extended.

Project 1 – Leadership and Strategic Management

Project 2 – Problem-Solving and Decision-Making

Project 3 – Specialist Area (Finance, HR, Marketing, Management, Operations, Accounting)

Each project is worth 80 ECTS credits.

Request a brochure with detailed information about our PhD by Portfolio Doctorate Degree here.


  • To demonstrate knowledge of the most advanced frontiers of a field of work
  • To evidence the most advanced and specialised skills and techniques including synthesis and evaluation, required to solve critical business problems and to extend or redefine professional practice
  • To develop new ideas or processes at the forefront of work
  • To deliver substantial authority, innovation, authority and professional integrity
Admissions Requirements


Master’s degree or equivalent, preferably in a related field

IELTS 6.0 / TOEFL 75 (official English exam results) or proof of studying previously in an English-speaking environment for a minimum of 2 years.

Scanned copy of all required academic diplomas, transcripts and certificates

Extensive previous business/professional experience

Photocopy of a valid passport/national ID

Resumé or CV

Reference letters from a former academic institution or from current employer (if applicable)

Students will have to receive employer approval to participate in this programme*

*Research Material Confidentiality

All information provided as part of the PhD by Portfolio will be maintained confidential. Only the PhD candidate involved in the project, their mentor/supervisor and head of the research department of SSBR will have access to the information in the research. All information will be stored in compliance with SSBR guidelines. Confidentiality of information provided is subject to legal restrictions. SSBR will retain the candidate’s name on their research to be able to match it across to other data collected on their assignments.

Data will be kept to provide on-going information on the topic. Publication on any sensitive information will only be done with the explicit permission of the author and the company involved; alternatively, the name of the company will not be mentioned. This information will not be used for purposes other than that mentioned and will not be delivered to third parties, in accordance with the data protection principles of the Swiss Data Protection Act 2020 (DPA).


Apply now and save your seat! 


We want to know your specific needs so that we can provide you with the perfect programme solution. Let us know what you require and we will be pleased to help you on your academic journey.

I consent to SSBR’s usage of my data for marketing and academic purposes and have read the  privacy policy

Newsletter Signup

Receive our newsletter directly in your inbox every 2 months and stay up-to-date on our events, workshops, programmes and much more!

I consent to SSBR’s usage of my data for marketing and academic purposes and have read the privacy policy

This will close in 0 seconds

× How can we help you?